Spending millions building a brand spanking new GP surgery in the middle of an industrial wasteland with no bus service, beyond walking distance of 98 per cent of the surgery list with no pedestrian crossing is the vision that can only have been dreamt up by a committee from a Kafka novel high on pseudo-ephedrine and Vitamin B.
While the practice can expect a huge bung from the DoH for a bigger practice, I would have expected that even the most ambitious surgery would have the sense to put patients’ needs before anything else, but no, “Let’s build it so only the fittest and wealthiest can get to it”, seems to be the overriding theme. It’s like building a primary school on the middle of the Hardwick roundabout. Whilst it would guarantee kids would learn everything there is to learn about road safety, most would see the flaw behind such thinking. So why can’t/won’t the practice see the flaw behind moving a town centre surgery to a mile or so away in the most inappropriate location imaginable? I don’t think the “questionnaire” asked if patients would be happy if the surgery moved to specifically this new location. It just asked if people aspired to a range of qualities the new surgery would provide. If they repeated the survey now people know they want to move it to an industrial wasteland I’m guessing the replies would be different. Moving into the old County Court building is obvious and logical, but strangely “unacceptable”.
Gladstone Road, Lynn